Robert Albrecht's paintings reflect a variety of his individual interests and passions. His fondness for hunting, fishing, nature and the outdoors are demonstrated through his paintings of landscapes and wildlife, many of which are directly inspired by his personal experiences and active lifestyle.
Educated at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, Robert earned a degree in illustration. After graduation, he worked for 22 years as an art director at AT&T before starting his own design agency, Albrecht Illustration & Design in 1996. Although the agency focuses on corporate design, Robert’s first love has always been painting.
Robert has an astute appreciation for military history, particularly World War II Naval aviation. This is evident in many of the works he has created which portray military aircraft and other related subjects. Robert’s paintings have won multiple awards from — and two are currently part of the permanent collection at — the National US Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, Florida.
Robert also has a great interest for historical themes of 18th Century lifestyle, particularly the eastern frontier. Influenced by living in an area rich in historical significance which provides great visual reference for many of his paintings. Robert’s work has been featured on the cover of Muzzle Blasts magazine.
Going beyond traditional research methods for his artwork, Robert participates in living history re-enactments of the18th century, incorporating the period wardrobe, activity, and environment. The result is a truly authentic appeal to his skillfully rendered paintings. The period subject matter lends a vintage heirloom aesthetic. Robert recreates moments inspired by early American heritage, revisiting a simpler life, before his own time.
Besides painting, Robert is avidly involved in other traditional fine craft mediums, such as building and scrimshawing powder horns, early American hunting bags and longrifles. Creating these functional art objects have won him many first place ribbons in competitions, including Dixon’s Gun Makers Fair. These historic recreations are directly related to the historical context of many of his more recent works.